Jim Carroll

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The back-to-business re-up

Incoming (1): Purity Ring play Dublin’s Button Factory on November 29. Last seen in these parts at the Forbidden Fruit fest in June, Corin Roddick and Megan James’ debut album “Shrines” has been getting a lot of love this year. …

Wed, Sep 26, 2012, 09:15


Incoming (1): Purity Ring play Dublin’s Button Factory on November 29. Last seen in these parts at the Forbidden Fruit fest in June, Corin Roddick and Megan James’ debut album “Shrines” has been getting a lot of love this year. Tickets for the Canadian duo (with support from Doldrums) are €17.50 plus TM cheese apiece.

Incoming (2): the October bank holiday weekend has always been a busy one in the capital with DEAF historically (RIP) leading the way. We’ve already had the details of the Beatyard fest at the Twisted Pepper and Bernard Shaw and now, it’s the Static weekender which will be taking over the Button Factory. The line-up includes Prince Fatty, Hollie Cook (oh yes!), Horseman and the Barley Mob (Thursday); MMOTHS, Young Wonder and Regal Safari (Friday); Django Django (Saturday early); Jacques Greene, Mi Ami’s Ital and Tri Angle’s oOoOO (Saturday late); Clark, Hype Williams (complete with a motorbike onstage), Awesome Tapes from Africa, Sunken Foal, Forrests and Subaltern (Sunday) and Sparks (Monday).

As a fan of Instapaper and the Kindle, it was great to be able to bundle a ton of Instapaper pieces together to read on the Kindle over the last few weeks (you can alternatively email the pieces individually to the Kindle). You’ll find links to recent Instapaper finds and nuggets in this post, starting with Lester Bangs’ previously unpublished Brian Eno interview from 1979 and Gay Talese’s classic profile of Frank Sinatra from Esquire magazine in 1966.

Neat support act alert: one of our favourite new Los Angeles bands NO will be supporting Father John Misty at the Workman’s Club, Dublin on November 24. A much better setting to be sure than the giant vending machine stage we saw them having to play at SXSW back in March.

Anyone for some music conference fun and games on this here island? Tons more events have been added to the Hard Working Class Heroes menu for next week’s 10th annual outing in Dublin, including a pop-up shop, free gigs around the city (including on the deck of the Jennie Johnston) and various interactive bits (bytes?) and pieces. Next month, it’s Belfast Music Week time and they’ve just announced their first slate of events for the festival, which runs in various venues around the city from November 4 to 12. New or new-ish local acts scheduled to play include the excellent Katharine Philippa, David C Clements, LaFaro, Rams Pocket Radio, A Plastic Rose, Wonder Villains, VerseChorusVerse, More Than Conquerors, Ryan Vail, Runaway GO, Pretty Child Backfire and Tom McShane.

New-school A&R: brilliant story about how German kid Alex Wilhem operating from his bedroom in the ‘burbs outside Berlin discovered a bunch of pop acts and songwriters like Katy Perry, LMFAO, Ke$ha, Owl City and Drake for his Crazed Hits blog before anyone else.

All you need to know about what happens now in the Universal Music/EMI takeover. Hey, I wonder if Lyor is leaving his Warners’ gig to jump into some venture involving buying those EMI assets currently on the block.

Links for the US politics fiends out there: the return of Karl Rove, Joe Biden’s adventures in VP-land (extra Joe for the lolz here) and dealing with election campaign lies.

The next time we get in trouble in New York after dark, we’re calling Sal

For the sports fans in the audience: the story of pioneering US sports daily newspaper The National which ran for 18 months and went through $150 million; fascinating and lengthy interview with Manchester City’s head of performance analysis Gavin Fleig (new Tipp manager Eamon O’Shea had some things to say about data vs intuition when it comes to coaching a while back), David Conn on how money has changed football, moving the Nets from New Jersey to Brooklyn’s new Barclays Center and James Nestor’s brilliant report from the Individual Freediving Depth World Championships in Greece.

Profile of Las Vegas superclub Marquee. Call that a superclub? They were obviously never in the Asylum in its pomp.

Hey Tourism Ireland! Quit your A*****’s Day pimping and get more of these freespending Chinese tourists to our lovely country.

Festival memories (1): our old mucker Donal Dineen had a blast when he played the Body & Soul stage at this year’s Electric Picnic. Here are his notes on why that night was so special and, a rarity, here’s the last hour of the set he played on the night.

Media studies dept: Nick Denton’s Gawker empire, the A to Z of how the Huffington Post came to be, profile of veteran tabloid editor Colin Myler and Anthony Lane’s fine piece on tabloid culture.

Festival memories (2): one of the brightest hits and most impressive new arrivals on this summer’s festival circuit was Drop Everything on the Aran Islands. Here’s a look at what you missed.